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The Invisible Luggage of the Displaced: Emotions, Trauma and Public Diplomacy.

Dolea, A., 2023. The Invisible Luggage of the Displaced: Emotions, Trauma and Public Diplomacy. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 19, 242-247.

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DOI: 10.1057/s41254-022-00285-z


All displaced people, be it refugees, migrants, or expatriates, experience a sense of loss and trauma. Ukrainians crossing the border to take refuge across Europe carry with them this emotional luggage that shapes their identity and influences their integration in their new host places. Yet, the consequences of this invisible luggage have been rarely scrutinized in depth in public diplomacy and even in diaspora diplomacy scholarship. I draw on the psychoanalytical work of Vamik Volkan to shed some light on the psychology of Ukrainian refugees and the reactions of Romanians as host population. I argue a greater engagement with studies of emotions in international relations and political psychology could shape a research agenda that addresses the role of emotions and trauma in a world shaken by many crises.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:emotions; trauma; diaspora diplomacy; Russia–Ukraine war; Ukraine; Romania; refugees; migrants
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:37840
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:28 Nov 2022 15:46
Last Modified:21 May 2024 09:47


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